The first Filipino automated guideway transit-developed train-A A +A
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Friday, August 30, 2013
GAWANG Pinoy, Para sa Pinoy!
This is another Filipino invention as part of DOST’s move of smarting up Pinoys through its banner program “Smarter Philippines.”
With the urban traffic conditions going from bad to worse, there is a need to look for long-term, smarter solutions.
Thus, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through its agency, the Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC), and in cooperation with the University of the Philippines and with funding from the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), carried out a project entitled “Development of Prototype Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) System,” to address the pressing concern on traffic congestion.
It also hopes to provide a viable answer to the serious threats to health and environment caused by the high pollutants emitted by the transport sector.
The AGT was developed by Filipino engineers and scientists of the DOST, and is an alternative elevated transportation system designed to address the worsening vehicular traffic congestion in Metro Manila as a pilot project, specifically in the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.
A 465-meter concrete guideway with a 25-meter radius curve in the middle is built inside the UP-Diliman Campus to serve as a test site to fine-tune the train’s speed, power, controls, and stress systems.
The small radius curve indicates that the system can be built around tight city streets.
The prototype, which can run at a speed of 40 kilometers per hour (kph) and is composed of two articulated coaches that can accommodate 30 passengers each, has the following features:
Locally-fabricated, thus, costs cheaper compared to its imported counterparts like the Light Rail Transit and the Metro Rail Transit; runs on rubber tires, hence, lightweight and produces less noise; track construction has very minimal space requirements; slimmer dimensions, resulting to smaller footprint that allows the AGT to be easily built along available narrow busy streets; powered by electricity; and zero greenhouse gas emission.
The successful test results and positive performance evaluations are strong testaments to the significant that its commercial operations can offer.
The adoption and commercialization of this locally-developed AGT is being seen as the long-term solution to the traffic problems that have long hindered our national growth and progress.
Once used as a fully-operational transportation alternative, the AGT is an assurance that every Juan de la Cruz can look forward to more comfortable, less time-consuming and non-health hazardous trips within the Metro Manila area and hopefully, will be adopted in other urban cities in the country.
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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 31, 2013.